Four Moreton students took part in the national finals of the Thomas Cranmer Awards held at St Matthew's Church in Westminster earlier this month. Emma Tilley (Seniors) and Helen Norman (Juniors) were both placed 2nd with Mary Richardson (Seniors) being Highly Commended.
Old Moretonian and sister of Emma, Catherine Tilley writes of the event:
A bright and beautiful spring like day in London could not have been more fitting for the National Finals of the Cranmer Awards 2014 held at St Matthew’s Church in Westminster on Thursday 6th March. Participants are required to recite, by heart, a passage of their choice from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which is widely regarded as the finest example of the English written language. No mean feat! Moreton Hall, part of the Lichfield Diocese, was represented by Emma Tilley and Mary Richardson in the Seniors and Helen Norman and Stephanie Christenson in the Juniors.
The core value of the competition is that competitors speak by heart and from the heart. I can safely say that all the girls rose to the occasion and read with clarity and maturity that belied their years. This was reflected in the results where Emma Tilley (Seniors) and Helen Norman (Juniors) were awarded 2nd place and Mary Richardson received Highly Commended; in addition, all prize winners have also been lucky enough to be invited to The House of Lords.
Not only is Moreton’s success down to the talent of the girls, but also due to the hard work and tutelage of Merriel Halsall-Williams who must be congratulated and thanked for all she does for the girls at Moreton.
- Catherine Tilley